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How Mindfulness Can Support Resourcefulness and Resilience

How Mindfulness Can Support Resourcefulness and Resilience

There are many things we can be mindful of. In this blog I outline how being mindful of our bodies and thoughts can make us more resourceful and resilient. The questions listed can aid you in awareness.

When we are mindful of our bodies we become cognizant of the energy highs and lows and constrictions within the body. Many people talk about the importance of taking breaks every 90-120 minutes to keep energy levels high. Due to the work we do on a computer we tend to sit too much. Being mindful of our bodies can help us keep our bodies strong.

Have you been sitting too long on the computer?

Is a part of your body stiff?

Do you need to stretch or move around?

Is it time to stand up and get a cup of water or herbal tea?

Would it help your body if you went for a short walk or did some stretches?

Does the front of your body need to open up?

Would doing a small backbend or touching your toes feel good?

When we are mindful of our thoughts we become aware of all of the thoughts we have. The quality of our focus and thinking depends on our centeredness, and our ability to accept all of our thoughts. Being centered and accepting enables us to be more resourceful in all of life’s circumstances.

What are you thinking about now?

Do you have pervasive thoughts that you would like to befriend and sit with?

Is your mind racing or calm?

Would a centering practice (such as observing your breath, meditating, etc.) assist you to calm your mind?

Are you aware that your thoughts come and go?

Could you practice watching your thoughts come and go?

What are you thinking as you get up in the morning?

Could you set an intention for your day when you arise?


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Exercising Your Way Through A Crisis

Exercising Your Way Through A Crisis

I listened to a talk by Daniel Miller the other day. He was talking about keeping yourself healthy through the crisis we are going through.

He recommended doing 10,000 steps a day. His rationale for doing this is based on history. He said we were once hunter/gatherers and that if we didn’t move we didn’t eat.

He stated that if we don’t move we don’t deserve to eat now. So if you are eating you need to get moving to keep the body healthy and in balance.

He said to get an accountability partner and support each other. I decided to use a checkmark on my calendar as my accountability. If there is no checkmark we go for a walk after dinner.

It is fun exploring new paths while checking out the neighborhood.

So I wanted to share this wisdom with you.

I’m still not up to 10,000 steps a day, but feeling lighter and calmer through self-isolation.

What This Blog is About

What This Blog is About

Welcome to The Resilience Blog.

The topics in this blog help you be more resilient in your career and as a leader. I write about ways to gain momentum and positively move through blocks that get in the way of your goals. I post articles on the blog about once a week. 

When I did my research study for my Ph.D., I got to conduct interviews with a number of successful and admired leaders. What fascinated me about them was how resilient they were. They had grown into leaders who could make things happen by demonstrating their resilience, confidence, and adaptive behaviours. I will teach you how to use and apply these resilient behaviours in your leadership and career leading to new levels of success. 

I am completing a book on Career Grit, which will include content and themes that will appear in the blog. If you have a story about overcoming challenges and becoming increasingly resilient in the process, I would love hearing about it. 

I am passionate about these career related topics:

  • methods to positively connect with others,
  • ways to lean into feedback,
  • reframing negative experiences,
  • making progress on your goals,
  • methods to enhance your positive impact, and
  • meeting challenges.

In the leadership area I enjoy focusing on: 

  • creating a safe environment, 
  • being more positive in your self-management and with your team,
  • raising your self-awareness,
  • bringing safety along with you wherever you go,
  • being able to have tough conversations when needed,
  • building trust, and 
  • ensuring your team performs. 

I hope you sign up for the blog soon and that you and your team apply these resilient behaviours thereby increasing your success.

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